A Permanent Revolution in Whitehall: the Major Governments and the Civil Service
The Thatcher decade had been a traumatic one for the civil service. There were significant cuts in its size, with staff numbers falling by 20 per cent, and a determination by Thatcher to ‘deprivilege’ civil servants. The 1980s also witnessed the deterioration of pay in the civil service vis-à-vis the private sector, and a bitter, protracted strike in 1981. There was also the banning of trade-union membership at the government’s Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) at Cheltenham. Not surprisingly, morale in the civil service plummeted whilst Thatcher was Prime Minister.
KeywordsCivil Service Labour Party Efficiency Unit Step Programme Market Testing
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